By Alex Stevens
Colin Kazim-Richards has undergone a medical as he closes in on a transfer to Brazilian side Coritiba, according to a report.
The striker, 29, is lined up for a shock move to south America just four months after moving to Parkhead.
The Scottish Sun report that Kazim-Richards flew out to Brazil for talks with Coritiba and was put through stringent medical tests.
Barring any hitches, it is said he should complete the switch later this month when the Brazilian transfer window opens.
Turkey international Kazim-Richards has failed to make an impact since joining Celtic in the middle of the recently completed domestic season, scoring just two goals in 13 appearances
The experienced striker signed a two-and-a-half year contract when he arrived at Parkhead in February but that could now be cut short.
“We conducted an interview with Colin Kazim-Richards,” Coritiba sporting director Valdir Barbosa told Radio Transamerica Curitiba last week. “He will be in Coritiba on Tuesday and his Brazilian wife wants him to wear the uniform here. We held a meeting with Alex about the player.”
Coritiba boss Gilson Kleina added: “We were offered him. I spoke with him and also clubs where he played in Turkey, the Netherlands and Scotland. I am sure he might be a surprise in Brazilian football.”
In other Celtic news, the Scottish club have signed a young defender to a new three-year contract.